Asks Govt how parks are turned into sports stadiums
The High Court Wednesday directed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to seek a report from Director Floriculture, Kashmir, as to how Sher-e-Kashmir Park, Polo Ground Park, TRC Park, and Church Lane Park had been converted into sports stadiums.
The division bench the court directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, to ensure that no construction activity was carried out at these identified sites till further orders from the court.
The bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur directed Baseer Khan to place the report before the court by the next date of hearing.
The bench directed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to file a detailed report mentioning the list of existing parks and gardens in and around the Srinagar.
“Provide the details of the proposed new parks and gardens, if any, coming up in these areas by the next date of hearing,” the court directed.
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir was also directed to provide details regarding any construction activity, whether completed or under process, in parks and gardens.
The court directed him to inform it about the status of Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Srinagar with reference to allotment of land to J&K Cricket Association and construction activity whether completed or under process.
“Till further orders from this court, no construction activity shall be carried out in the existing parks and gardens in and around the vicinity of Srinagar city,” the bench directed.
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, was directed to seek assistance of the Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, for ensuring implementation of the directions passed by the court in the capacity of stopping of construction work, as directed by it.
The amicus curie Syed Faisal Qadri was also directed to personally visit the existing parks and gardens as well as Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium and file a report about its condition by the next date of hearing.
The directions were passed after the court perused status reports filed by various authorities in the matter.
Earlier, the Public Interest Litigation was filed after a grievance was made regarding the deficiency of adequate number of parks and gardens in Srinagar.